Getting up early is not commanded in the Bible nor is it sinful for you to sleep in, but getting up early does seem to be a generally true characteristic of God’s people in the Bible.
God’s people get up with God as their priority, that makes enough sense right? They get up early with the intention to be with God, worship God, serve God, listen to God’s word, be with God’s people, etc. The question for us is whether we actually do that or not. Most often this way of life takes shape by getting out of bed when it is still dark outside. Here is an enormous (but not exhaustive) list of verses that talk about getting up early. As you read them I encourage you to ask yourself these types of questions:
- Is God my priority?
- Does God get the best hours of my day?
- Am I purposeful to make God my priority?
- Are there things in my life that I give a higher priority to than God? What are they?
- If God is not my priority, how can I make God my priority?
- Make God your Priority
And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
(Genesis 19:27 ESV)
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
(Genesis 22:3 ESV)
In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
(Genesis 26:31 ESV)
So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.
(Genesis 28:18 ESV)
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
(Exodus 8:20 ESV)
And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
(Exodus 24:4 ESV)
And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
(Exodus 32:6 ESV)
So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone.
(Exodus 34:4 ESV)
Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.
(Joshua 3:1 ESV)
Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
(Joshua 6:12 ESV)
On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.
(Joshua 6:15 ESV)
So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken.
(Joshua 7:16 ESV)
And it was so. When he (Gideon) rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water.
(Judges 6:38 ESV)
They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.
(1 Samuel 1:19 ESV)
When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
(2 Kings 6:15 ESV)
Then Hezekiah the king rose early and gathered the officials of the city and went up to the house of the LORD.
(2 Chronicles 29:20 ESV)
And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
(Nehemiah 8:3 ESV)
And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
(Job 1:5 ESV)
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
(Mark 1:35 ESV)
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.
(Mark 16:2 ESV)
Now when he (Jesus) rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
(Mark 16:9 ESV)
And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.
(Luke 21:38 ESV)
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
(Luke 24:1 ESV)
Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,
(Luke 24:22 ESV)
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
(John 8:2 ESV)
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
(John 20:1 ESV)